Friday, October 16, 2015

Green Diamond Resource Company to clearcut log near the Highway 299 Coast Range summit.

PANORAMIC Photo By Greg Nyquist
THP 1-15-095 HUM (40-1501 THP) Green Diamond Resource Company, 145.5 acres; 75% clearcut, 22% selection, 2% no-harvest, 1% roadside logging. Denman Creek (HUM: T6N R2E Sec.3, 4, 10, 15; T7N R2E Sec.28, 29, 32, 33).  Wet weather operations, moderate erosion hazard, steep slopes up to 70%, steep roads, landslide terrain, 11 road drainage work sites, impaired 303.d watershed, herbicides, oversized units, coho watershed, 12+ spotted owls within 1.3 mi, trees up to 72" dbh.  Estimated public comment deadline: 10/25/15. VIEW

This THP is about 7 miles NE of Arcata, CA near the Highway 299 Coast Range summit at an elevation of 600 to 2,000 feet.  Green Diamond Resource Company is planning a mostly clearcut tractor and cable logging operation in redwood, Douglas fir, grand fir, western hemlock and Monterey pine forests.  The THP area drains into the Mad River which is listed as an impaired watershed for sediment, temperature and turbidity.  There are landslide terrain sites in units B, C, D, E and F.  Green Diamond Resource Company wants to yard and deck logs on a narrow strip of land between 2 class II (mid-sized) watercourses.  Eleven road drainage sites are planned for work including rocking, dip construction, ditch cleaning and culvert repair/replacement.  There are spotted owl nesting territories within .25 mi of unit F, and .5 mi of units A,B and E. More information is available on the THP Tracking Center website.

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